April 3, 2013
We recently celebrated the glorious event of Greek Independence – March 25th, 1821. Today, the Metropolis recognizes two modern-day Greek leaders, innovators and outstanding members of society: Mike Lazaridis and Alex Anthopoulos.
Lazaridis is the co-founder of BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) and is widely recognized as a communications industry visionary credited with launching the smartphone revolution. According to the Globe and Mail, “He did more to change our world than perhaps any living Canadian has.” A well-known philanthropist, he is currently the Chair of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. While Lazaridis recently announced that he was retiring from BlackBerry, he established last month the Quantum Valley Investment Fund to provide capital for the development of computing breakthroughs.
Anthopoulos is Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. His late father and indeed entire family have been great benefactors of the Metropolis; Alex, along with his brothers, were baptized by Metropolitan Sotirios. From an unpaid intern position with the Montreal Expos in 2000, the hard-work, perseverance and tenacity displayed by Anthopoulos have propelled him to now be one of the most knowledgeable and well-regarded General Managers in Major League Baseball.
We extend our prayers and warmest regards to both individuals and we wish them, their families and organizations continued success.